After being arrested Sunday evening in New York, NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France released a statement that he will be taking an indefinite leave of absence.
“I apologize to our fans, our industry and my family for the impact of my actions last night,” he released. “Effective immediately, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs.”
The sanctioning body kept their statement in response short, just stating that “effective immediately, NASCAR Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Jim France has assumed the role of interim chairman and chief executive officer.”
According to Sag Harbor Village (New York) Police Department news release, France was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance. The 56-year-old was stopped after blowing through a stop sign at 7:30 PM, with oxycodone pills found during a search of his person.
While responsible for the successful playoff format, there has been controversy along the way with his actions as the sport tries to find way to attract fans to events and watching on TV after seeing those numbers decrease.
France has held the position at the top of NASCAR since 2003.
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